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Windows 7: Windows unable to start - Startup Repair and System Restore won't work

27 May 2012   #11
markcunico

Windows 7 home premium 64bit
 
 
I had the same problem but need help fixing it

hello it seems I have the same problem but I need help on exactly how to rename all the files without termination to .bak ????

Could someone please give me an example exactly how to set this up at the prompt to rename each file? I'm kinda dense when it comes to this. Thanks


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07 Dec 2012   #12
premkudva

Windows 7 Home 32bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjmlima View Post
Hi!

4. on Command Line, my windows folder was in D:, so i typed 'D:' . (Usually is 'c:')
5. I acessed the folder with the files that I should substitute D:\Windows\System32\Config. To do that, I typed 'cd windows', then 'cd system32', then 'cd config'
tomas.
I tried this except that in command prompt when I go to the C drive it doesn't list any files, DIR command shows it is empty. BUT in windows explorer it is of course filled with files including the windows directory.
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25 Apr 2015   #13
nchadzimura

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 
Windows unable to start - Startup Repair and System Restore won't work

I had a similar problem this morning, 25/04/2015. Yesterday my machine was working perfectly and then it crashed and and gave me a Blue Screen of Death, the notoriuos BSOD. I decided to work on it last night, using some free off-the-internet DLL Repair Utilities. Suddenly this morning when it was switched on by a colleague, it failed to boot. I followed the instructions on tjmlima's post and voila! It is up and running.
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06 May 2015   #14
jedediah1212

windows xp vista capable
 
 

hello, I'm kind of new at all of this and I don't understand what half of it means... But I'm having the exact same problem with the startup repair. I turn the computer off and then turn it back on like I'm supposed to but instead of even booting up normally it says gathering Windows files and then it goes into the Startup Repair but first it goes in to reimaging. its almost completely identical to the problem that the person who posted this blog was experiencing. the only problem with my case is that my computer didn't come with an actual disc drive. what am I supposed to do? Since my computer didn't come with a disk drive I cant actually repair it using a Windows installation cd. I'm currently doing the startup repair right now, but it's taking very long time. 4 hours have gone by. anything you can tell me would be extremely appreciated, especially if there's any possible way to get my computer back without destroying any of the files or erasing them. I have a lot of work for uni saved on there and on top of that, all of my essays are on it. I have a years worth of my own music projects as well, so please, can someone give me a hint on what I'm supposed to do? it's a fairly old laptop, an Intel Centrino Duo with Vista capabilities, I think the model is a latitude d820. you know, Windows XP professional? dell?
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06 May 2015   #15
jedediah1212

windows xp vista capable
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tjmlima View Post
Hi!

I got exactly the same problem on GLARY UTILITIES DEFRAG TOOL on WINDOWS 7 64 BITS ULTIMATE.
It booted my laptop after finishing defrag, then windows not worked after that. Even the SAFE MODE was corrupted.
For the ones who are not used to DOS line commands, I'm gonna explain what I did in 10 steps:
1. I opened the windows 7 DVD installation on boot (just put your DVD installation on drive, usually your computer is configured to access dvd drive first, if not, you should go to setup bios, look on internet how to do it)
2. I acessed the repair tool
3.I chose the Command Line (DOS).
4. on Command Line, my windows folder was in D:, so i typed 'D:' . (Usually is 'c:')
5. I acessed the folder with the files that I should substitute D:\Windows\System32\Config. To do that, I typed 'cd windows', then 'cd system32', then 'cd config'
6. I typed 'dir' to see the files. There were 5 files with the termination .gbck, and 5 files without any termination. They were the following files: DEFAULT, SAM, SECURITY, SOFTWARE and SYSTEM.
7. I renamed all the files without termination to .bak . One by one. just like that: 'ren COMPONENTS COMPONENTS.bak' (you should do it for the others 4 files)
8. I renamed all the .gbck to without termination. One by one. just like that: 'ren COMPONENTS.gbck COMPONENTS' (you should do it for the others 4 files)
9. I typed 'dir', to see if the files names were exactly I was expecting to.
10. I booted the pc, and voilá, it worked just fine.
that's all.
tomas.
do you actually need an installation CD to use this method?
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15 Feb 2016   #16
Avengement

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 

I'm having the exact same problem but when I boot into command prompt it keeps saying "the system cannot find the path specificed".

I'm not really familiar with command prompt so there is a chance I'm entering something wrong.

When I type:

c:\windows\system32\config

I get that message.


When I type:

C:\cd windows\cd system32\cd config

I get "c:\cd" is not recognized as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.
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15 Feb 2016   #17
Avengement

Windows 7 32 Bit
 
 

Anyone?

I really need to access this data but windows is preventing me from doing so. I know there is a lot of windows wiz's around here with a solution.

I've tried to do a system restore from the windows disc but apparently windows is stored on the D drive and the restore points on the C drive so despite picking my restore point the only option of the C drive has a greyed out box.
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